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Halstad man faces burglary, assault charges

The woman was taken by air ambulance to a hospital and at some point fell unconscious.

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Jeremy Koste.
Image via Tri-County Community Corrections

HALSTAD, Minn. — A Halstad man faces assault and burglary charges in Norman County District Court stemming from an incident that happened Wednesday, Feb. 2, that led to a woman being airlifted to a Fargo hospital.

According to court documents, the Norman County Sheriff's Office was called to an apartment building in Halstad on Wednesday afternoon on a report of a possible shooting.

Upon arriving on the scene, a deputy found a woman crawling on the floor outside of an apartment bleeding profusely from the head and spitting up blood.

The woman told the deputy she believed Jeremy Koste had shot her.

The woman was taken by air ambulance to a Fargo hospital and at some point fell unconscious.

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Neighbors told deputies they witnessed Koste force his way into the victim's apartment and then heard a pop that they thought was a gunshot.

While authorities set up a perimeter, a woman ran from the south entrance of the apartment building yelling that Koste was beating up her boyfriend in one of the apartment units.

Officers entered a hallway of the apartment building and met someone who said Koste had tried to get him to open his apartment door in order to hide from police but he refused to open his door.

The man said at that point, Koste broke down the door to his apartment and assaulted him.

Police eventually found Koste hiding in a closet in a unit of the apartment building and took him into custody.

Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said Koste had a significant relationship with the female victim, who he said was released from the hospital later Wednesday night.

Thornton said an investigation revealed no weapon was used during the incidents Wednesday.

Koste, 32, faces charges of first-degree burglary, domestic assault and fifth-degree assault.

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According to court documents, Koste has two or more domestic assault convictions within 10 years, and two domestic assault convictions within three years.

As of Friday afternoon, Koste did not have an attorney of record and he remained in custody in the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston, Minn.

The court has set the following conditions for release: cash bail with no conditions, $50,000; cash bail with conditions, $25,000.00; non-cash bond with no conditions, $500,000; non-cash bond with conditions, $250,000.

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